Fancy A Day Out with The Belles?
Check out our calendar of amazing extra-curricular events!
Give your name, mobile number & email address to Carol or Marion at the Treasurers table either before the start of the monthly meeting or at the end.
If tickets are involved & you may qualify for a concession, you must let Carol or Marion know.
Once the cost of the trip has been clarified, the preferred method of payment is by BACS direct into The Belles account. Cash or cheques will also be accepted at the monthly meeting.
Name of Account : The Brentwood Belles WI
Account no: 51794957
Sort code: 40-13-22
Please enter your name & the name of the trip, so that Viv who is Treasurer knows what the payment is for & email Carol/Marion so we know that you have paid.
As with all WI events, if you are unable to come unless you can get another Belle to take your place (please let Carol or Marion know) unfortunately the costs cannot be refunded.
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Monday – 12th
London Postal Museum & a ride on the underground mail train
London Postal Museum, Phoenix Place, WC1X 0DA
Cost: £12.50 (No spaces available. Names for reserve list only.)
Trip to the recently re-opened Postal Museum.
We are booked for a ride on the small mail train through the hidden tunnels to discover a unique piece of industrial heritage. We can look around the museum and explore inspiring galleries packed with incredible objects, exciting stories and interactive displays.
There are places to eat once in the museum.
Friday – 20th
Tiptree Farm Tour and Tractor Trailer Ride
Tiptree Jam Shop & Tea Room, Tiptree, CO5 0RF
A Farm tour by tractor trailer, followed by a small afternoon tea (two small sandwiches, scone, jam & cream and a cuppa) in the tearooms at the Jam Factory, where there’s a free museum and shop to look around afterwards.
Friday – 11th
Guided Tour of Talliston House and Gardens
Talliston House and Gardens, Newton Green, Great Dunmow CM6 1DU
Duration: 2.5 hours
Once an ordinary house, Talliston House and Gardens have been transformed into a series of locations, each set inm a different time and place. Over 25 years, thje project has taken a three-bedroomed, semi-detached ex-council house and transformed it into what The Sunday Times calls “Britain’s most extraordinary home”.
This is a full guided tour of the house and gardens by a member of the creative team, room by room, mapping out the labyrinth of the property and exploring each of the locations. Followed by refreshments of tea, coffee and cake.
The Cliffs Pavilion visit
Eleven of us went to The Cliffs Pavilion in October 2015.
We had a very informative talk and were able to walk on the stage and see the changing rooms and loading bay. Afternoon tea in the restaurant overlooking the sea made a perfect end to the afternoon.
We hope to arrange a trip to see something here next year, then we will have an idea of what’s happening behind the scenes!
The Hanningfield Smokehouse visit
A couple of visits have been made here. The process of smoking fish was explained, there were mouth-watering tasters and we completed our visit with some purchases.
Guide Dogs Training Centre visit
In May 2016, fifteen of us visited the Guide Dogs Training Centre in Woodford Bridge to see and hear about the amazing work they do there. We went into the indoor training room & watched 4 dogs at different stages of their training taking part in exercises & had a chance to stroke them afterwards, they were adorable! There were different breeds if dogs, including a Labradoodle…tempting to bring one home! Several of us bought the nearest soft toy substitutes in the gift shop!
We were taken into the kennels, which can house up to 150 dogs and saw an outdoor demo with the dogs walking around an obstacle course. Tony, a man who was blind from birth came in with his guide dog, Gibbs and gave us an insight into how his life is with Gibbs and how he copes with everyday life, very inspiring.
It costs about £50,000 to train a dog and they rely on help from many volunteers around the country to dog walk the puppies, act as borders, raise funds etc and they are always looking for new volunteers. There is an open day on Saturday 3rd September when apparently, there will be lots of puppies there!
The Cinema Museum visit
In September we visited the intriguing Cinema Museum, housed in an old workhouse building where Charlie Chaplin and his brother lived briefly, along with their mother.
It was a nostalgic trip down memory lane looking at various pieces of memorabilia and sitting in the plush red seats in the small thirty-eight seater cinema room, where we watched some short films from different eras – all that was missing was some popcorn!
Next year we are hoping to arrange a film afternoon in the cinema room… keep an eye out for details.